The personal injury lawyer who just got his ass sued by Judge Judy insists Judy's got her robe in a bunch for no reason -- telling TMZ, he wasn't using her image to promote himself ... he was using it to promote HER.
As we reported, Judy sued attorney John Haymond claiming he stole clips from her show to use in a commercial to promote his law firm -- but Haymond says that's just not the case.
He tells us, the commercial in question is actually for her OWN SHOW.
According to Haymond, the local ABC affiliate in New Haven, CT and NBC affiliate in Springfield recently asked Haymond -- a well-known personal injury lawyer in the area -- and his daughters to appear in the Judge Judy promo ... and he obliged.
Haymond says the promotions actually ran on the station several years ago, but recently stopped, and he's surprised the station isn't owning up. According to Haymond, "If the local affiliates would just release these Judge Judy Show promotions, everyone would see this is much ado about nothing."
What Haymond isn't addressing -- apparently Judy doesn't think he has the right to take old commercials targeted for her show and then slap them on his website long after the fact.
with Los Angeles
3/13/2014 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has cut his final ties with the city of Los Angeles ... because TMZ has learned he's sold the last piece of property he owns in the area ... leaving him wide open for a permanent move to the ATL.
As TMZ first reported, Bieber sold his Calabasas home to Khloe Kardashian for a cool $7.2 million ... making a little over a million on the sale.
But according to our sources, Bieber also owned the 1.7-acre plot of land next door ... until now. We're told Bieber just sold that for $2.775 million (he bought it for $2.35 mil in 2012) and the deal closes in 30 days.
As for the buyer, our sources say it's nobody famous, but he's about to inherit a slew of famous neighbors.
We're told Bieber had been looking for another home in the Los Angeles, but he's since called off the search.
Atlanta, he's your problem now.
I'm NOT a Bad Guy
Just Greedy As Hell
3/13/2014 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11-game "Jeopardy" champ Arthur Chu -- widely criticized for his cocky attitude and unorthodox playing style -- insists he's not such a bad guy in real life ... minus his unquenchable thirst for money.
Chu was out in NYC early Thursday -- a day after his "Jeopardy" reign came to an end -- and he told us, fans of the game show got the wrong impression of him ... just because he was an ambitious (and extremely successful) player.
Chu -- who won nearly $300,000 on the show -- said, "I don't think I'm a bad guy for trying to win money on Jeopardy. I might be a bad guy for other reasons, but that's for other people to decide."
As for what he plans to do with his massive check -- watch the video.
Sorry Dalai Lama ...
You're No Jesus!
3/13/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joanna Krupa says the only reason the Dalai Lama didn't change her life is because -- despite anything you've seen her do and say -- she's "All about Jesus."
JK was leaving Sur restaurant last night when she tried to explain why she dissed Dalai last month ... by professing her love for JC, but made a major slip up in the process.
Joanna attempts to say she can't wait to see the new movie "Son of God" -- but you gotta hear how she words it.
Someone needs to get to Bible class ... stat.
Women Don't Know CRAP About Sports
3/13/2014 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Host: "Welcome back to 'PERPETUATING STEREOTYPES' ... starring 'Revenge' actress Ashley Madekwe."
Ashley: "Thanks ... really great to be here."
Host: "Ok, are you ready to set women back about 50 years?"
Ashley: "You bet!"
Host: "Great! We're going to ask you a question about sports ..."
And ... here's the part where you watch the clip and then shake your head.
Divorce Didn't Ruin Me ...
I'm Dating a Rich African Dictator's Son
3/13/2014 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams isn't wanting for cash after her ex-husband screwed her over in their divorce -- sources tell TMZ, she's now knocking boots with the exorbitantly wealthy son of an African dictator ... notorious for human rights violations.
According to sources, Porsha has been seeing 42-year-old Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea ... since 1979.
Mbasogo (the father) is known as one of Africa's most brutal and corrupt rulers -- not only for having his predecessor executed and political opponents tortured, but for pillaging his own country's oil wealth ... while its people live in abject poverty.
And his son is reaping the benefits -- living like a king in Malibu and all around the world.
We're told Mangue (the son) has been showering Porsha with expensive gifts for the last month -- Louboutin shoes, Chanel ... even a Rolls Royce -- and Porsha has been posting photos of the gifts on Instagram.
Sources say the romance is pretty new ... but it's escalating fast -- we're told Mangue is currently looking to buy Porsha a multimillion-dollar house in ATL.
We reached out to Porsha's conscience for comment -- so far, no word back.
Sex Tape to Go to Highest Bidder
But There's a Catch
3/13/2014 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The person who has a copy of the Johnny Carson sex tape now wants to sell it ... but potential buyers have to blindly cough up a fortune just for the chance to see it.
The attorney repping the guy who has the tape tells TMZ ... his client will hold viewing parties for people interested in buying the 70's home video showing long-dong Carson banging one of his wives.
Now get this -- in order to even see the tape ... prospective buyers must make a blind bid. The seller is not setting a price. He'll just review what's on the table.
And it gets even crazier. To qualify to see the tape, prospective buyers must show they're serious by depositing their bids into an escrow account. And, like Carson's schlong, only huge offerings will make the cut.
After the screening, prospective buyers will be invited to up the ante.
And one more string attached. The winning bidder must sign a document saying it cannot be sold commercially -- it's solely for a private collection. And, if the buyer violates that ... he or she will get socked with a huge financial penalty.
Carson's junk better be at least 11 for all this.
'Naked and Afraid' Contestant
Amazon Bugs Are Eating My Vajayjay!
3/13/2014 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ass-chewing ants ... and vagina-devouring mosquitoes -- just a few of the stars on a brutal new episode of "Naked and Afraid."
The runaway cable hit kicks off a new season with 2 suckers contestants -- Tyler and A.K. -- literally up to their crotches in the native bugs of the Amazon jungle.
As A.K. puts it ... "Right now they are eating my vajayjay alive!!"
We got this clip from the show that airs Sunday at 9PM on Discovery ...the damage these mosquitoes do to a body is just shocking.
Tyler doesn't have it much better. Watch to see want happens when fire ants set up shop INSIDE your butt crack.
'Little' Dating Site Wants to Hook Him Up
3/13/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Things are looking up for newly separated Matt Roloff ... a dating company catering to little people wants to plaster his adorable face on its website and in return help him score a fresh piece for himself.
DateALittle.com made the offer to the "Little People, Big World" star after news broke he separated from his wife. Matt -- who's like the George Clooney of little people -- has a deal on the table to become the official spokesperson.
The company's pitch to Matt is that there's something far more valuable than monetary compensation ... the opportunity to find a new relationship.
Fact is ... DateALittle.com has delivered in the past. It's where Bill and Jen Arnold, from "The Little Couple," first connected ... and lived happily ever after.
If Matt rejects the offer, they'll reach out to Amy, which we're guessing won't go over well.
Turn Ons: Short walks on the beach.
Turn Offs: High kitchen cabinets.
Josh D. to Fergie
Have All The Guys You Want
... I'll Just Watch
3/13/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You Have 'Stupid' On Your Forehead ... Stupid
3/12/2014 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Judge Judy has filed her first lawsuit EVER -- seriously -- against a guy who is shamelessly using her image to chase personal injury clients.
The TV jurist is outraged John Haymond -- a P.I. lawyer in Hartford, CT. -- used clips from "Judge Judy" along with clips of him and his daughters to drum up business.
Judy is especially pissed because she says she's never endorsed a product or the services of anyone ... to maintain her independent reputation.
She says, "Without seeking my authorization or consent, Mr. Haymond has taken that choice away from me for his own personal gain. I cannot tolerate that, and intend to hold Mr. Haymond financially responsible for his actions."
Judy scolds the barrister, saying, "Mr. Haymond is a lawyer and should know better."
We looked for the ads and, just like the litigants who appear on her show, it appears Judy scared the crap out of Haymond because they are nowhere to be found.
Herhonner is suing for more than $75K in damages ... or in Judy's world, lunch money.
You're Bernard Hopkins?!
... I'm Not Impressed.
3/12/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Mission: Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins wanted to take a stab at being a TMZ paparazzi on the streets of NYC today.
The Target: MTV star Kristin Cavallari ... who also happens to be married to Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler.
The Result: Bernard started off strong ... but things fizzled pretty quickly when it became clear Kristin had no idea who he was.
The Best Part: Bernard's post-shoot analysis ... where he talks about his paparazzi strengths and weaknesses ... and reminds us that Kristin's smokin' hot.
Ya gotta watch the clip -- B-Hop could have a stellar career behind the camera if the whole boxing thing doesn't work out.
Johnny Carson's Penis ...
I TOUCHED IT
3/12/2014 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Unlike the rest of the universe, Joan Rivers isn't all that curious about seeing how big Johnny Carson's penis really is in that sex tape -- because she says ... she's already seen it up close and personal.
Joan -- who guest hosted on Carson's "Tonight Show" for years -- said she and Carson had a "one night bounce" back in the day ... and he was hung like a horse.
Still, Joan says she REALLY wants to see the sex tape for another reason -- check the clip.